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Name: Audrey Richardson
Age: 72
Hometown: Alcoa, TN
Program: Community Action Council Foster Grandparent volunteer for almost six years

What led you to join Senior Corps’ Foster Grandparent Program?
I want to see children at risk reach their highest potential, and I have a passion for working with children. I was working in a children’s enrichment program at my church when the director asked me if I would like to be a Foster Grandparent volunteer. I said yes and now I serve as a Foster Grandparent volunteer at a community center where I tutor 6- to 11-year-old children.

I found the children could read. The problem was they couldn’t understand what they read. I talked with my supervisor and asked permission to develop a reading comprehension program. I sought some additional training and developed a program that helps connect them with what they read. We have seen great results. Grades are improving. One day, the mom of a third grader I work with hugged me. She told me her daughter was now reading at a sixth- or seventh-grade level.  

What’s the most surprising thing you have learned during your term of service?
The children want help. They are excited about the help they receive.

May 22, 2015

Name: Audrey RichardsonAge: 72Hometown: Alcoa, TNProgram: Community Action Council Foster Grandparent volunteer for almost six years

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RSVP Makes a Difference in Texas After Disaster

In April 2013, a fertilizer plant explosion killed 16 people in West, Texas, and devastated the small town. Senior Corps RSVP volunteers came together in short order to help in West with the recovery and to continue to serving those in the community who counted on their services. During the last two years, they managed more than 10,000 volunteers, coordinated programs for local children, and led a statewide book drive that collected 34,678 books to replenish West Independent School District’s libraries.

Watch the video to learn more about how RSVP made a difference in West, Texas, in the wake of disaster.

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May 20, 2015

As one of the first wave of federal Pay for Success (PFS) grantees, Third Sector Capital Partners prides itself on going the extra mile to support programs that help at-risk youth and young adults secure a living wage and the employment skills to gain self-sufficiency.

With a $1.9 million grant from the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) in 2014, the Boston-based advisory firm is strengthening the ability of local governments and service providers to implement PFS, a new way of focusing on outcomes. Under a PFS-financed project, the government leverages philanthropic and private dollars so that government pays only after service providers generate tangible results.

Through its federal award Third Sector is offering technical assistance to seven subrecipients across workforce development, education and social services, working with these agencies to develop their own capacity to implement PFS.

But in addition to technical assistance, Third Sector is taking innovative steps to promote success of these efforts. Unique among the 2014 SIF PFS grantees, Third Sector is requiring subrecipients to provide matching funds so that these agencies also have a stake in developing effective pay-for-performance models.

“It’s important for these agencies to have skin in the game,” said Tim Pennell, Third Sector associate director. The cash match may be small – a minimum of $25,000 – but it provides ample evidence of the organization’s commitment to the PFS concept.

“It means they are putting some money at risk,” said Pennell, who described the process as a “shift in mentality” among government and social service organizations.

May 20, 2015
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Name: John Nushin
Age: 70
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Program: Foster Grandparent volunteer with Pathways Middle School for 2 years

What led you to join Senior Corps?
I friend told me about Senior Corps’ Foster Grandparent program. He told me that Foster Grandparent volunteers are able to help special students who are dealing with challenges such as trauma and broken homes. All these students need compassion and caring. All my life I have been a teacher and have helped students, so I joined Foster Grandparents.  My main interest and wish is to be helpful.

For the last two years, I worked with middle school students. I helped tutor them in mathematics. Always my students asked me, “Why are you doing this? Do you get paid?”  I told them I do not have a salary, but your happiness, helping solve your problems … that is my reward.

May 20, 2015

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